Injuries & Roster Moves: deGrom good to go

June 14th, 2021

Keep track of the Mets’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

ROSTER MOVES

June 14: RHP Sean Reid-Foley recalled from Triple-A Syracuse
Reid-Foley, who pitched to a 1.98 ERA during his first stint with the Mets, will reprise his role as a long reliever capable of throwing up to three innings at a time. All told, he spent a week and a half at Syracuse, throwing 3 2/3 shutout innings over three appearances.

June 14: RHP Jacob Barnes designated for assignment
When the Mets claimed Barnes off waivers from the Angels in October, they hoped they could turn him into a long-term bullpen solution. He did win a roster spot with a strong spring, but he lost it after producing a 6.27 ERA in 19 regular-season appearances. His time in the organization could be over.

INJURY UPDATES

Day to day

RHP Jacob deGrom (right flexor tendinitis)
Expected return: June 16
deGrom exited his last start after only 80 pitches due to right flexor tendinitis, but neither he nor the Mets considered it serious. He expects to make his next start as scheduled, provided he can come through his between-starts work without issue. That process began when deGrom played catch on Saturday and Sunday, and it continued with a bullpen session on Monday. deGrom flashed a thumbs-up sign after that one, indicating he’s good to go for Wednesday against the Cubs. (Last updated: June 14)

10-day IL

INF (strained left hamstring)
Expected return:
Third weekend in June
McNeil began a Minor League rehab assignment with High-A Brooklyn on Sunday, taking two at-bats and playing five innings at second base. All told, his rehab progression should take about a week. The Mets expect him to return before the end of this weekend, a bit more than a month after he injured his leg. (Last updated: June 14)

OF (detached ligament in left hand)
Expected return:
Late June
Nimmo recently learned that he is not dealing with a nerve issue in his hand, but a ligament that partially detached itself from the bone. He expects that to heal itself. On June 14, Nimmo took batting practice on the field for the first time. Assuming he continues to progress without issue, he could begin a rehab assignment by week’s end. (Last updated: June 14)

INF (left hand sprain)
Expected return:
Late June or early July
Davis hasn't swung a bat since the Mets shut down his baseball activities in late May. He recently received a cortisone injection in his hand and stopped wearing a splint. Still, Davis hasn't been able to shake the discomfort and inflammation that forced him to shut things down several weeks into his initial rehab, and the Mets don’t expect him to return until late June at the earliest. (Last updated: June 11)

OF (left shoulder contusion)
Expected return:
Third weekend in June
Almora, who has not played since injuring his shoulder during a collision with the center-field fence on May 11, began a Minor League rehab assignment on June 8. The Mets are eyeing a return for Almora -- who will reclaim his job as the backup center fielder -- by this weekend. (Last updated: June 14)

OF (right hamstring strain)
Expected return:
Fourth weekend in June
Conforto strained his hamstring on the same night as Jeff McNeil, but he will require a few extra days to rehab his injury. From June 12-14, Conforto tested his hamstring with daily, full-speed baserunning drills at Citi Field. The Mets expect him to begin a rehab assignment by this weekend and return before the end of the month. (Last updated: June 14)

OF (AC joint sprain in left shoulder)
Expected return:
Late June or July
Fargas has been on the IL since May 25 after crashing into the outfield fence at Citi Field. Although he was feeling much better by early June, Fargas might struggle to find a significant role on the team by the time he is ready to return -- if he makes it back onto the big league roster at all. The Mets have since brought in Billy McKinney and Mason Williams, both of whom offer more offensive potential as center fielders. (Last updated: June 4)

60-day IL

RHP (lower back pain)
Expected return:
Second half of the season
Hunter went on the IL on May 21; he had only played a minimal role for the Mets prior to that assignment. His back was “still bothering him” as of a mid-June update from general manager Zack Scott, and Hunter is not eligible to return from the IL until July 18 at the earliest. (Last updated: June 11)

RHP (torn right hamstring)
Expected return:
Late July
Carrasco has remained sidelined far beyond the team’s initial six-to-eight-week estimate. Most recently, he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right leg, which forced him to shut down his throwing program. Carrasco is working on strengthening his legs so that his hamstrings will be able to handle the rigors of starting games, but that process continues to take time, and he will need to go through a full Spring Training-style progression once he restarts his mound work. The best-case scenario for Carrasco would be a return shortly after the All-Star break, though it could take longer than that. (Last updated: June 11)

RHP (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Mid-August at the earliest
Syndergaard was diagnosed with right elbow inflammation after departing a rehab start on May 25 after only one inning. He will refrain from throwing for six weeks and, if all goes well, restart a progression in mid-July. (Last updated: May 27)

RHP (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return:
Late June/early July
Betances began a Minor League rehab assignment with Low-A St. Lucie on Sunday. He had spent more than two months strengthening his shoulder, with an eye toward boosting his velocity back into the mid-90s. To that end, he hit 94 mph in his first rehab outing -- a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. If all goes well on his rehab assignment, he could rejoin the Mets before the All-Star break. (Last updated: June 14)

RHP (right shoulder soreness)
Expected return:
TBA
Yamamoto underwent an MRI on May 24 to determine the severity of his injury, which forced him out of a start the previous day. The question is whether the Mets will still have a place in the rotation for Yamamoto, who has pitched to a 14.00 ERA over the past two seasons, when he returns. (Last updated: May 25)

INF José Martínez (torn left knee meniscus)
Expected return:
Second half of the season
When Martínez tore a left knee ligament in March, the Mets estimated his recovery from surgery would take around four months. That puts Martínez on track for a return around the All-Star break at the earliest, though it could take longer than that. (Last updated: May 25)